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News from within the borders of Russia and the fight for LGBT equality there. The country's president, Vladimir Putin, ignited an international firestorm in the summer after signing the so-called gay propaganda law, which prohibits positive depictions of LGBT people in the Russian media. Russia is a country in southern Eurasia. It is also the world's largest country, although it ranks eighth most populous. Russia has a rich cultural heritage, and has contributed such figures as Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Anton Chekhov, Anna Pavlova, and Igor Stravinsky.
WATCH: Donald Trump 'Evolving' on LGBT Rights
November 11 2013 6:49 PM ET

WATCH: Trump 'Evolving' on LGBT Rights

Michelle Garcia

Right before the Miss Universe pageant went live, Donald Trump talked to MSNBC's Thomas Roberts about LGBT rights in Russia and marriage equality in the U.S.

Neo-Nazi Flees Russia to Avoid Prosecution for Beating Gays
November 11 2013 3:12 PM ET

Neo-Nazi Flees Russia to Avoid Prosecution for Beating Gays

Sunnivie Brydum

The leader of a homophobic gang of nationalists has fled Russia after authorities began investigating a recent video in which the neo-Nazi trapped, humiliated, and beat a gay man from Iraq.

Senators to IOC: Make Sure LGBTs Protected During Olympics
November 11 2013 3:08 PM ET

Senators to IOC: Make Sure LGBTs Protected During Olympics

Trudy Ring

Twelve senators question the International Olympic Committee on its reaction to Olympics host Russia's antigay law.

WATCH: Thomas Roberts Blasts Anti-LGBT Law on Russian TV
November 10 2013 4:04 PM ET

Thomas Roberts Blasts Anti-LGBT Law on Russian TV

Sunnivie Brydum

Speaking with the government-backed network RT just before he cohosted the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Russia, Roberts called the national ban on so-called gay propaganda 'definitive discrimination.'

WATCH: Thomas Roberts Hasn't Personally Experienced Russian Homophobia
November 08 2013 4:10 PM ET

WATCH: Thomas Roberts Hasn't Experienced Russian Homophobia

Sunnivie Brydum

The out MSNBC anchor filed reports from Moscow about Russia's anti-LGBT laws, the Miss Universe competition he's there to host, and the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi.

WATCH: Fired Gay Russian Journo Tells Thomas Roberts 'It's Time to Be Open'
November 06 2013 2:38 PM ET

WATCH: Live from Moscow, Thomas Roberts on Equality

Sunnivie Brydum

Out MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts strolled through Moscow with Anton Krasovsky, a fellow gay journalist who was fired for coming out on the air on his Kremlin-backed network earlier this year.

Russian Activists Confirm Attack on LGBT Meeting in St. Petersburg
November 04 2013 3:27 PM ET

Russian Activists Confirm Attack on LGBT Meeting

Sunnivie Brydum

Two men entered an LGBT social group's meeting Sunday with a gun and baseball bat, injuring two attendees.

BREAKING UPDATE: Gay Attack in St. Petersburg
November 03 2013 4:57 PM ET November 04 2013 1:24 AM ET

Antigay Attack in St. Petersburg

Diane Anderson-Minshall

Unconfirmed reports say that two people remain hospitalized but police tell them there is no evidence of a crime.

Activists Using Coloring Book to Take Aim at Russia
November 01 2013 4:00 AM ET

Activists Hope Coloring Books Highlight Russia's War on LGBT Citizens

Alex J Davidson

Activists both in the United States and abroad are hoping a new coloring book will raise awareness of anti-LGBT wave sweeping across Russia.

IOC President Won't Meet With LGBT Activists in Russia
October 30 2013 5:10 PM ET

IOC President Won't Meet With LGBT Activists in Russia

Sunnivie Brydum

But Thomas Bach did propose an alternate meeting with Russian activists at the IOC's headquarters in Switzerland.

Russia Invites Discredited Antigay Researcher to Offer 'Expert' Testimony
October 29 2013 2:59 PM ET

Russia Considers Discredited Antigay Researcher an 'Expert'

Trudy Ring

Paul Cameron, who has been denounced by major U.S. mental health and civil rights groups, conflated homosexuality and pedophilia in testimony to Russia's Parliament.

Putin Promises Gay Olympians Will Be 'Comfortable' in Sochi
October 28 2013 5:07 PM ET

Putin Promises Gay Olympians Will Be 'Comfortable' in Sochi

Sunnivie Brydum

Russian president Vladimir Putin told national sports officials today that his administration will 'do everything' to make sure LGBT athletes and spectators are 'comfortable' at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

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